Workplace Abuse is a major issue which goes unobserved in most cases. Managers often tend to abuse their power and exercise unacceptable amounts of control over employees. This often leads to major mental issues for employees, like depression, frustration, lack of motivation and rejection. A person’s mental state of health directly affects the quality of their work output. It is crucial on humanitarian as well as official grounds to treat employees with respect and dignity. Employee abuse is a much more drastic issue than is usually perceived. It also includes a lot more factors than verbal or physical abuse. Some common but unnoticed ways of employee abuse are:
1) The constant reminder that your position in the company is available only and only until they wish to have you around. In other words, that you can be fired at their whims and fancies. Such taunts and constant jibes can put a lot of stress on employees and cause them to worry without reason.
2) Favoritism is also one form of employee abuse. Rewards for work done is extremely important. Favoritism is a factor that influences managers greatly and causes them to behave partially towards the employees that they favor. This brings about a sense of rejection within other employees.
3) Making employees work overtime without adequate compensation is also a form of employee abuse. The compensation can be either monetary or in the form of future leaves. Working overtime on a regular basis causes outrageous amounts of stress in employees and also leads to loss of personal life and depression.
4) Verbal abuse is one of the most common forms of employee abuse. Often managers tend to lose their temper and use abusive language. This tends to lower the morale of the working environment and also reduces the level of sophistication with which work is carried out.
5) Often managers tend to ignore the suggestions given by employees despite them being sensible and worthy. This is a very indirect form of employee abuse; here the employee is constantly reminded that their ideas and opinions are not valid and that their presence is insignificant to the manager. This can lead to depression and make employees feel extremely unwanted.
These are just some of the many ways by which managers tend to abuse employees. Statistics show that 45% of employees are victims of workplace abuse. It is of utmost importance to report any instances of employee abuse that may be noticed at your place of work. Such kinds of mental and possibly physical oppression may cause as individual to suffer from severe mental disorders which may be life threatening. There are multiple ways by which employee abuse can be curbed:
Step 1: Begin with yourself, if you feel like your manager or boss is treating you in a manner which you do not deserve, then stand up for yourself and talk to them and explain how you feel, it is most likely that they may be treating you in such a way most unknowingly. However, there is a downside to everything; talking to your senior might make them feel as though they are being disrespected and may cause them to treat you in an even worse manner.
Step 2: In an unfortunate scenario, where the manager is unwilling to acknowledge your feelings, do not hesitate to go to the Human Resources department and lodge your complaint. They are willing to hear you out and provide you with solutions to our problem.
Step 3: Always make sure you document any such unfair practices or treatments that you come across in your organization, it is essential as evidence when the matter is taken up by higher officials.
Never let your thoughts and feelings go unattended, this will reduce your productivity at work to reduce and will also lower your energy levels. Once you feel completely secure in your position, you can lend a helping hand to colleagues who you feel are going through a similar problem. Employee abuse must never be ignored as you are entitled to fair practices and just treatment at your workplace.
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